I don’t deal with death very well.
My friend Leonard Pung died of pulmonary complications brought on by leukemia a year ago today. And every now and then I look through the window of the cafe where we hold our writers’ group meetings, and half expect to see him walking in, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a wry grin on his face, as if he had just come up with a delicious pun that he couldn’t wait to share with us.
I’m putting this video here. It’s Leonard reading from his short story, “Crossroads”. It’s a good story. Enjoy.
“Tumbleweeds”, I’m told, defines the “carnivorous mobile plant” genre. To read this story (which some of you may have already read) and the other stories of the week, sign up for the Yahoo group here.
Whoops, I forgot to post a notification of Story of the Week Number 4. It was called “writing down some”, and it was actually one that I wrote something like twenty years ago, and edited heavily for this project. That was me cheating. Sorry about that.
This weeks story, “Heavens Help Us”, is a sort of prequel to a story called “On the Road to Orlgrunt” that I wrote in 2007, the first time that I did this story of the week thing. It’s not a spoof of the novel entitled Heaven Help Us (which is apparently so out of print that Amazon doesn’t carry it), nor the 1985 film of the same name.
Anyway. If you want to read “Heavens Help Us”, you have to sign up for the Story of the Week Yahoo group. Do that at the following link:
That’s it for now. Ta!
Story of the Week No. 3 is out! Actually, it went out yesterday. It was four days late, but who’s counting? Anyway, it’s Part Two of “Flash Drive”, which is going to end up being a three-parter. Sorry about that.
Anyway, to get this Story of the Week, you have to sign up for the Yahoo group. Do that at this URL:
I hope you sign up! And enjoy!
Story of the Week No. 2, “Flash Drive”, has been sent out to subscribers. Well, technically it’s not a complete story. It’s just part one. At any rate, if you want to read it, you need to sign up for the Story of the Week Yahoo group. You will need a Yahoo account to sign up, it appears.
Thing Number One: This past weekend was Westercon, a smallish con that actually took place in Sacramento, so we only had to travel ten minutes to get there. As we always do at such cons, we sat in on some panels (the two we attended on Sunday – Climate Extremes: Fiction and Reality and Bad Science – were particularly interesting), met some friendly people, wandered the dealers’ room, and so on.
The high point for me was the panel on National Novel Writing Month. Not only did I get to sit on this panel, I was actually the moderator. When I found out I was going to be the moderator, I was surprised; I had never been on any panel at any con before in my life, let alone moderated one. But the panel went well, and a couple of audience members came up to me afterwards and told me they had a lot of fun, so I consider that a win.
Thing Number Two: My first weekly story, “The Wrath of Grapes”, has been written and sent off to the participants in the Story of the Week mailing list. Remember, if you want to sign up, you have to do so at the Yahoo Groups page for the group. My first story, a goofy little thing about a sentient grape and the futility of ambition, went over well. I don’t expect that every story will, but I do hope that they’ll at least be entertaining. I do hope you’ll sign up.
Hm. I think that’s all the things for now.
Over the past weekend, I ran two Pathfinder games (Pathfinder, in case you’re not familiar with it, is basically version 3.75 of Dungeons and Dragons). I had such a blast that I’ve decided I want to do it again, but on a larger scale. So, I’m starting a new campaign, beginning with a single adventure on Sunday, July 21, at 2:00 p.m., at our house. Characters would begin at 6th level, and the style would be very heavy role-playing with not much in the way of combat or treasure-hunting. Newcomers are more than welcome. The time is flexible, but the date really isn’t.
Anyone interested? Let me know in the comments, or email me.
Back in 2008 and 2009 I did my “Story of the Week” project, wherein I… well, I wrote a story each week for a year. I defined a story as at least 250 words. Most of them were complete stories, but some of them (such as “Sangrilicious” and “Teh K1ng in Y3ll0w”) were serialized. Some of these stories were really good, and at least one of them (“Trying to Stay Dead”) has been published. Some of them were really bad, and will never be read by anyone else. Most of them were mediocre, I think.
Recently, I realized that I hadn’t written a single original story since then, and this was a sort of depressing realization. So, starting in July, I’m going to do it again: Yep, a story a week, at least 250 words, for a year. We’ll see how it goes.
When I did this before, I posted the stories online for all to read. This time, I’ve decided that I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to simply post the title and the summary each week. But I’ve also set up a Yahoo group that readers can sign up with so that they can receive the stories in their mailbox. To view the group and sign up, go to the following link:
I think this will be fun at times, and frustrating at times — and, at times, really crazy-making, especially during National Novel Writing Month, when I’m going to write my novel and write a story each week.
I hope you sign up. Here’s hoping that I don’t go completely mad.
I’ve just put a new story online: “A Philosophical Discourse“. I think it’s funny, but it might be more meaningful to you if you know something about the ancient pre-Socratic philosophers.
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